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be involved also. it is a critical issue and kind of heartbreaking. i really could not believe in it. this is pretty barbaric. so that they know what it is like to be stuck inside, it is pretty terrifying. i can't imagine to be stuck in this type of facility. a lot of folks have mental health issues and other challenges, so it has to be about healing the person and restoring them back to a place where they can be active members of society. i heard from people today on the youth commission and another individual that spoke about the importance of having a humane setting to integrate back into
society. these guys are an example of what can be done, and we have heard about how critical it is to have this type of programming there. i think this is the beginning of the conversation, we have to look at accountability and continue to engage whether it is sfusd or other entities here today. i want to thank the youth commission for all of their hard work and i am glad that you are leading this discussion and we hope that you continue to be part of it as we move forward. thank you. supervisor avalos: i would also like to thank the use commission for your work on this issue.
we had a hearing yesterday with the u.s. commission and i talked about how i had never seen the youth commission so active before, hoechst not just certain individuals, but a large group, almost a majority of the youth commission has been active on a number of issues. i think it is really exceptional what we have had in the past. this has accomplished a lot. we think about the people that don't have the independence, and the voices are often not heard. they actually can have a way of having some say so about how the facility is run and how they are able to have active recreation. that is based on your experience, some members of the commission have been detained
there, and i have had good experiences there, too. it is really important. you're using that experience to look at how we can make improvements. i really appreciate that giving back. i also want to say thank you to the chief that has -- and the staff that has -- this issue has been raised about adjustments moving forward, and have been quantifying the use of recreation at the site. it was based on feedback, and i think that is the start of a feedback mechanism to continue to make sure that young people can have the same cell about how ygc operates, and how they can
have a better rehabilitative experience. i want to say thank-you to the chief for helping implement that. it was something that i think was important, moving forward in the right direction. for a number of recommendations that the use commission has shared, to go over it really briefly, one that we talked about was making sure we are moving forward on a sense of what the capital plan is going to look like. i think it will be good to get reported back to us on a later date. and how we are continuing with quantifying and assessing of recreation activities at the center. there is also a discussion about the juvenile this -- just as commissioned and probation commission.
as well as with the youth commission, it can be greater communication and dialogue that can help make sure that we are all on the same page about how to make it a better experience. and also to showcase the world there are working in. take a look at this, real quick. i think the main issues that were presented, who i do want to thank the chief for your work, you could have of last few comments to close out. >> thank you, chair avalos. i want to underscore our absolute appreciation to members of the youth commission that participated in this campaign.
i want to assure everybody here that we -- not only today at the meeting i attended. there are two occasions we have met and i have agreed to meet quarterly with the youth commission. i have also introduced before the juvenile justice commission and that a member of this youth commission be a participant in the upcoming inspection that the juvenile justice commission is required to do with the juvenile justice center coming the next couple of months. i want to underscore the fact that not only have we heard, we have listened to these comments. we are committed to taking the steps now. you want to know when? it is already started. it started in april when we required there to be a more conscientious effort to get the
kids -- the area that we are best suited right now and most secure, we are not going to ignore our commitment to pursue the improvements into a large area. we have great ideas for that large area up until such time we can assure the public's and the kids' safety while we are out there, we will have to make do with the the areas that we have. and we are committed to making sure that our staff is under the obligation to have a report on my desk. they are very conscientious about making sure that it is presented. i will have that in every subsequent meeting we have with the use commissioned. we are committed to getting the figures that were expected here today, it wasn't until about 11:00 that we got the first estimates from our friends that can put at least a place holder
in the budget. the bottom line is, with all the other departments, we need to prioritize those. we can insure greater attention be paid to the opportunities for the use of outdoor activity. increasing not only the time, but what they can do while they are out there. and we are very supportive of the notion that this be a continuing dialogue. we are hoping that can be achieved through our regular meetings that we have with the members of the youth commission. thank you for shining a bright light on this topic. supervisor olague: some of the requests that i thought was a good one, at some point, they thought it would be great to
conduct this, maybe there are other bodies that can volunteer or something. they have a survey taken of the folks that are there. >> that would be a great activity, i am interested in talking with the use commissioned to do that. they want to create a greater presence of an identification with the kids for when they get out. as these young people move on, they will need someone to take their place. supervisor olague: survey the youth to find out what they are interested in participating in the outdoor areas. thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you, chief, members of the public,
commissions. we will continue this item to the call of the chair and we'll get a report back at a later date as well. we can take that without objection. this is the one item for the special of our public safety committee. with that, we are adjourned. >> let me thank the marine corps division band and the color guard for joining us and making
this such a very special occasion. let me welcome each and every one of you on behalf of the war memorial opera house board, last that i come for dissipate, and they extend an invitation to each one of you to for this update because this retired member of the united states marine corps, a veteran and his wonderful wife, george n. charles schulz -- george and charlotte shultz. this afternoon, we are doing something that, frankly, should have been done a long time ago. in this city, when the concept of a memorial for veterans what spurs done, they said it would be right here.
of course, we have finally, after many, many tries, got this right. in 1936, the construction produced it, and then there was six or seven additional times from the original time, and it does not to work, but finally, about two or three years ago, we got it right. the board of trustees decided in their wisdom to say thank-you to two incredible san franciscans in making the horseshoe circle named in their honor. all of you have come for this occasion. the man who presides over this city, for purposes of everything, is, of course, the mayor. directly across the street is where he journeys from on this occasion.
ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you, the mayor of the city and county of san francisco, would just celebrated his 60th birthday, mayor ed lee. mayor lee: thank you, and they are brown, and thank you, everybody, for coming. -- thank you, mayor brown, and thank you, everybody, for coming. the years that followed the san francisco earthquake were filled with grandiose plans to rebuild our city. perhaps the best realize is the san francisco memorial -- war memorial and performing arts center. the ground was broken to build the war memorial in honor of san franciscans who had served during world war i. in addition to honoring those veterans, the memorial gave a permanent residence to the opera, the symphony, and
eventually, the ballet. the war memorial and performing arts center has great historic significance, including housing, the signing ceremony of our united nations charter in 1945. today, we are making history erosity and support of mr. and mrs. stephen bechtel. with a grant of $1.5 million -- [applause] from there foundation and in honoring charlotte and george shultz, we are that much closer to fulfilling the original vision of the war memorial complex, which was to include a moral right in his courtyard. as a small token of our city's appreciation, i am pleased to present to you a certificate of honor.
i know it is not worth $1.5 million, but maybe the personality of me added with willie brown comes close. if i may present to you, on behalf of the city, our great certificate of honor and a gracious personal thanks for your contribution. [applause] >> it is very kind of you. >> thank you. mayor lee: the bechtels generously gave their contribution, and together with that gift, it is only appropriate that the war memorial trustees also decided to recognize charlotte and george by renaming this carriage drive in their honor. charlotte and george, for your dedication to both veterans and the arts, embody the war memorial's founding purpose as a cultural center and a lasting
dedication to the men and women of san francisco who served our country. it is my pleasure to join the bechtels and the war memorial today by declaring today, may 10, 2012, charlotte and george shultz day in san francisco. [applause] but you cannot park that carriage freely in our city. [laughter] [applause] >> mayor lee, thank you, very, very much. it was just slide of two years ago -- i should say just north of two years ago, from the board on which charlotte served and
the great inspiration was from a real veteran, a man who carries the title of general. he announced the arrival of the carriage just earlier, but more importantly, he cobbled together a real idea that the veterans beautiful memorial must be complete and must be done. mayor lee, not only did the bechtels generously give of their own to this effort, but they did what we politicians love to do, and that is scilicet it from our friends, additional help. this project received the benefit of that great mailing list. i wish i could get my hands on it because it produced almost as much as they had given,
completed the payment, and made the good general very, very happy as well as his board. ladies and gentlemen, words from steven that bill -- bechtel. [applause] thank you. we still call you meier, don't we? >> you can, if he does not mind. -- we still call you mayor. >> thank you, mayor willie brown. it is an honor to be with you on this occasion. it is very appropriate to name a facility after george and charlotte. san francisco is home for many important people, but none made as great a contribution to our country as george shultz.
charlotte has given great service to our city and our state. i believe all year extend a great thanks to them for their great services to our country, to california, and to san francisco. i would like to complement our city for recognizing at them in this manner -- i would like to compliment our city for recognizing the - manner. thank you very much. [applause] that of mayor -- >> mayor lee, the time has come. join me and proceed to do the dedication of horseshoe drive, which has been dedicated by the opera house board in honor of george and charlotte schulz.
mayor lee: it is my pleasure joining all of you to announce this dedication on behalf of our city, on behalf of the war memorial, dedicating this carriageway to be charlotte and george shultz way of san francisco. [applause] horseshoe drive. [applause] ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, secretary george shultz and
chief of protocol, charlotte schulz, the honorees. [applause] >> thank you, distinguished guests, my fellow board members. nancy and i would call this a wow day, and it is a wonderful day. i was sitting here thinking that from my home town, mineola, texas, for willie, and board of texas, for me, i do not know whether they would have named a street for us there or not, but there would have been a problem because in both of those towns, there is only one street, and it has already been named main street. it is breathtaking to think that a street here is named for george and myself. coming in on the carriage, i
rather like that. the surprise is i guess that they are giving us the carriage and horses? i cannot wait to arrive at the opera. mayor, do you think we should get some permits for the horse and carriage on russian hill? i don't know. seriously, everybody knows that has ever talk to me more than a few minutes that i am passionate about these buildings. i have had the opportunity of being involved with the bond issues for the symphony hall, the restoration of the opera house, and, of course, the city hall, may gift -- helping mayer brown with that a bit -- helping mayor brown. it was said that the only thing that was not done when these buildings were built is the memorial for veterans because we ran out of money. have you all heard about that before?
what happened is that writing in not on a carriage but on a charger was mike and wilkes little group because they came in leading the charge to raise the money for this memorial, so they are certainly to be commended. and then to go out and get their army of people for money and, most particularly [no audio] and by the way, happy birthday, steve. it is his birthday today. [applause] it is a great honor to know that that memorial that will be here and this horseshoe drive will put its arms around a wonderful memorial for veterans who i know that we respect so much and admire so much, and this is a long-awaited, and we are so
happy to be part of it. so, may i present my veterans, my marine, my secretary, george shultz. [applause] >> i want to second of all of the banks that charlotte has talked about. -- the thanks that charlotte has talked about. most importantly, my great friend, steve. we have been pals for a long, long time, and i cannot tell you anybody i respect more and look to as a genuine friend. . [applause] i'm wearing a tie that ronald reagan gave me back in the primary days in 1979-1980, and it has a nonpartisan cinnamon on it. it says, "democracy is not a spectator sport."
-- it has a non partisan sentiment on it. so get in. i have always felt that public service is a great privilege and a great opportunity, but no one serves more than the veterans served in the armed forces. particularly veterans who served in combat. so i think it is so necessary and so inappropriate to finally have this special memorial here in this place. in northern california area, there are more veterans than in 48 of the 50 states. so this is hallowed ground for veterans, right around here, and i think that adds to the appropriateness of this place. but look at the setting. city hall.
symbolizes the idea of government by free people. government representing, giving us governance on the basis of that representation. that is the idea we go out and fight for. and the veterans building there. and then in this setting where if you listen closely, you can hear the wonderful, soaring music of the symphony. you can hear the arias and the opera and the grace and beauty of our ballet. in this wonderful performing arts, it gives us the soul of the treaty to the veterans, and it says that we respect you.
we love you, and we thank you, so as a veteran myself, particularly if you have been in combat, you know how close you are, i want to say on my own behalf, thank you. [applause] >> there are two or three people that we need to identify, george and charlotte, because they are here as part of the honor group, but they hold title. sheriff hennesey, just appointed by the mayor to run the department, she is here, first female sheriff of our city. greg sur, the police chief. as supervisor eric mar, who
comes from the second super of the soil district -- no, first supervisial --supervisorial district. i want to thank each and every one of you on behalf of the board of trustees of the war memorial opera house board, and, of course, on behalf of the mayor of the city. all of you taking part in the ceremony, it is really important to say job well done to two very important people. now, we invite you to join charlotte and george in the lobby of the opera house. we will continue the drinking that started at 4:30 this afternoon. [laughter] the reception is inside. please join us in the opera house for a reception honoring and celebrating this momentous